The NBA is a young man's league. With elite college players often declaring for the NBA draft after just one season, we're seeing more and more young players having an impact in the NBA. Don't believe me, just take a look at last year's Oklahoma City Thunder, whose nucleus of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Serge Ibaka were all under 24 years old.
With young impact players becoming the rule rather than the exception, here are 10 young players who will break out in the 2012-13 season.
*Note on the criteria for inclusion: In order to be included in the slideshow, the player must be 25 years old or younger at the start of the 2012-13 season. They also must not have been named as part of an All-Star team, All-NBA team or won a significant award like MVP, Most Improved Player, Sixth Man of the Year or Defensive Player of the Year, with the exception of Rookie of the Year.
So players like Durant, Westbrook, Harden, Ibaka, Derrick Rose and Blake Griffin don't qualify.